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Window Tinting vs Window Shades: What’s Best For You

It can be overwhelming when you begin your search for window treatments. And it gets even more confusing when you consider window tinting as well. You might be asking yourself what’s the difference? Can window tint be used instead of blinds? Do you need window shades if you have tinted windows? You need privacy, but you don’t know exactly if tinting your windows is the correct method? Let’s compare your options between contemporary and modern window shades or adding a window tint film to your windows.

White roller shades on sliding door

How Do Tint And Shades Differ?

Let’s get one thing straight, window shades and window tinting are different. They can both enhance privacy, filter light, protect furniture, and reduce energy costs, but they function and look very different from one another. Each has its pros and cons. It is also important to take budget and desired style into consideration when making your decision. 

Solar window shades are designed to help block the sun and up to 95% of harmful UV rays. As a result, solar shades help you conserve energy in your home, lowering your electric bill by an average of 30% .Solar shades keep your home cooler during the summer months and warmer during the winter months. They have a range of opacities that allow more or less visibility so you can find the right look for you. 

Window tint consists in covering a window with a film in order to increase privacy and protect your house from the heat. This works well during the summer, but it does not allow the warm sun rays to enter during the winter. With regards to privacy, window tinting works well only during the day. At night, when the lights are on, people will be able to see through your window film into your home.

Solar Shades Give You Privacy and Natural Light Whenever You Need

Solar shades are perfect to let the natural light in, give you privacy, while enjoying the view of the outdoors. This makes them the perfect window shades for any room. ShadeMonster solar window treatments come in a variety of opacities, depending on how much or how little light you want in. They are also available in a variety of colors to match any home, office, restaurant, or business.

Unlike window tinting, solar shades can be raised or lowered, giving you the option to have more light and to be able to see more of your view. Once you put that film on your windows it cannot be adjusted or removed. 

White solar shades for front door

Tinting Is Not Inexpensive.

A common belief is that all tint is cheap, as it is just plastic. WRONG!

If you’re just looking for some added privacy and something simple to decorate your window, window tint may work well enough. If you need an efficient film which protects you and your home from the harmful UV rays, you will need to purchase tints made out of high-quality materials which can be very costly. Not to mention the labor costs! Unlike window shades, window film installation is pretty difficult and requires skills and knowledge from prior experience, so hiring a professional is a must. 

Shades and blinds are the versatile solution that you need. They’re affordable and much easier to install! In just a few steps, you’ll have your new shades installed in time using only a couple basic tools. ShadeMonster’s team of experts provides a video chat service to walk you through the process. Check out our step by step instructions that make installing new window treatments a breeze:

Shade Installation Guide & Window Measurement Guide

Why Trust ShadeMonster With your window Treatment?

ShadeMonster boasts over 25 years of experience creating custom window treatments. Our products come directly from our local factory guaranteeing high quality customizable materials, competitive pricing, and quick turn around.  Contact us today for your free estimate, and have your new shades in less than 7 business days!
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